filmmaking.net by Xavier Burgin
During my time as an undergraduate in college, I used my skills as a photographer to garner extra revenue whenever possible. This revenue would flow back into my main area of expertise and passion, film. The skill set of a photographer is quite invaluable on a film set. A creative eye for positioning, shot placement, lighting, lenses, and filters is essential when creating the atmosphere of a film, yet there must be something more within an individual than just the superb skill set of a photographer.
Now, as a graduate student at The University of Southern California (USC), I'm pursuing my fascination of film through the lens of photography's counterpart within the industry. This is known as cinematography. A photographer and cinematographer share many similarities, yet their necessary skills starkly contrast upon further investigation. A photographer may not be a strong cinematographer, but a good cinematographer must always be a strong photographer. In this article I'll provide you with a few tips on how to use your photography skills to develop your cinematography skills.
1. Your Artistic Eye Must Move